PE 500 - polyethylene

HMW-PE – High-molecular-weight polyethylene

PE 500 - polyethylene

PE 500 is a high-molecular-weight low pressure polyethylene (0.5 million g/mol). Widely used in the food and drinks industry, this polyethylene has relatively high wear resistance. Food‑grade materials dyed in compliance with the EURO standard are available for use in chopping boards. In addition, high chemical resistance, high pressure resistance, and zero moisture absorption are special properties of this polyethylene. We deliver PE 500 as plastic sheets.

Physical properties
  Value Unit Test method
Specific gravity 0.96 g/cm3 DIN EN ISO 1183
Average molecular mass 0.5 106 g/mol
Water absorption, 24/96 h (23 °C) N/A
Weather-resistance poor
Combustibility HB UL 94 DIN EN ISO 527-2
Food safety yes
Mechanical properties
  Value Unit Test method
Modulus of elasticity N/A
Tensile strength 27 MPa DIN EN ISO 527-2
Elongation at break N/A
Tensile strength at break 100 % DIN EN ISO 527-2
Flexural modulus 700 MPa DIN EN ISO 178
Flexural strength N/A
Compressive modulus N/A
Compressive strength, 1%/2% N/A
Impact strength (Charpy) N/A
Notch impact strength (Charpy) does not break kJ/m2 DIN EN ISO 179-1eA
Notch impact strength (Izod) kJ/m2 DIN EN ISO 180/2A
Toughness (ball pressure) 46 MPa ISO 2039-1
Toughness (Shore D) ~70 Sh D DIN EN ISO 868
Wear-resistance >250 % Sand-Slurry
Coefficient of friction (against steel) 0.1–0.2 μ
Thermal properties
  Value Unit Test method
Glass-transition temperature 80 °C DIN 53765
Melting point 130 °C DIN 53765
Operating temperature (instantaneous) +100 °C
Operating temperature (continuous) 80 °C
Operating temperature (minimum) -50 °C
Thermal expansion coefficient, 23–60 °C N/A
Thermal expansion coefficient, 23–100 °C ~20 10-5 K-1 DIN EN ISO 11359-1;2
Specific heat capacity 1.8 J/(g×K) ISO 22007-4:2008
Thermal conductivity 0.41 W/(m×K) ISO 22007-4:2008
Electrical properties
  Value Unit Test method
Surface resistivity ≥1013 DIN IEC 60093
Resistivity ≥1015 Ω×cm DIN IEC 60093
Dielectric strength 40 kV/mm DIN EN 60243-1
CTI value N/A
Optical properties
  Value Unit Test method
Light transmittance N/A
Refractive index N/A
Optical errors N/A
Abrasion-resistance, 100 rotations with 500 g N/A

Additional downloads

Delivery selection plastic sheets 1,000×2,000 mm, plastic sheets 1,000×3,000 mm, plastic sheets 1,220×2,000 mm, plastic sheets 1,220×3,000 mm
Specific gravity 0.96 g/cm3
Service temperature -50 … 80 °C
Price category € (€3–7/kg)

Special properties

  • suitability for the food industry
  • high resistance to chemicals
  • high pressure resistance
  • high tensile strength at break
  • good insulation against cold
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chopping boards, food and drinks industry, commercial kitchens, brewing industry, components for work machines

Standard colours

natural, black, green, red, yellow, blue, brown

Special colours

RAL K7, minimum order quantities on the basis of colour

Premade pieces


Commonly known brands

HD 500, Murdotec® 500, Okulen 500, Orbilan PE 500, Polystone® D, St 500, Tivar® PE 500, dehoplast® PE 500